by Jund Rian A. Doringo
Agriculture 4.0, a coined terminology describing the next big trends concerning the industry of agriculture in terms of adopting technological breakthroughs and innovations, has paved the way for smarter, greener, and science and technology (S&T)-based solutions.
Such technological revolution includes innovative techniques to produce food through organic farming, increase efficiency in the food chain, and apply nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and data analytics, among others.
FertiGroe® nanofertilizer, one of the AANR technologies included in the joint project of DOST-PCAARRD and DOST-TAPI, finds a forever home through technology transfer and adoption (Photo courtesy of DOST-PCAARRD)
by Marvin Eric O. Dela Cruz
For its good repayment performance and market traction, Inventor-run and Filipino-owned enterprise, O22 Health and Beauty, Inc. was awarded by the Department of Science and Technology-Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) as one of its model beneficiaries.
Under the Invention-Based Enterprise Development – Component II (IBED-II) Program, the enterprise was able to repay the financial assistance of P863,105.40 under a 0%-interest repayment scheme. The financial support from DOST-TAPI was used in the initial commercialization of its product called “Topical Oxygen Supplement” or “Top-O”, which is advertised as safe and convenient skin moisturizer for all skin types. Top-O is manufactured under a patented process of increasing dissolved and stabilized oxygen in water. When in contact with the skin dermis, Top-O delivers high concentration of dissolved oxygen, preventing skin dryness and itching.